Chapter 12 in profile – Higher education faculty attitude, motivation and perception of quality and barriers towards OER in India

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This week we profile Chapter 12 of the ROER4D edited volume by Sanjaya Mishra and Alka Singh. Titled “Higher education faculty attitude, motivation and perception of quality and barriers towards OER in India”, this chapter arises from research work undertaken in ROER4D sub-project 3 and attempts to answer the following four research questions:

  1. How are teachers’ attitudes towards OER situated in the context of teaching and learning?
  2. What are teachers’ motivations for using OER and sharing their work as OER?
  3. How do teachers perceive the quality of OER?
  4. What barriers to using OER do teachers perceive?

The study engaged teachers at four institutions, who attended a three-day OER workshop and completed a survey, which was supplemented by further surveys and interviews. The findings indicate that teachers in the four institutions under examination had low awareness of OER prior to the workshop, but were enthusiastic about creating and sharing their work as OER, which they believed yielded positive dividends in the form of increased collaboration, useful feedback from peers and improved reputation. They were slightly less enthusiastic about using external OER, and acknowledged concerns about quality, insufficient understanding of intellectual property and lack of institutional support for OER.

The dataset arising from the study is available on the DataFirst Data Portal. Visit the sub-project web page to access more detail on the study, other outputs and a video interview with Lead Researcher Sanjaya Mishra.

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